Combustible Dust Explosions at Gallatin Plant

Course Number: H-1005
Credit: 1 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Edward P. Brunet, Jr., P.E.
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Overview

In Combustible Dust Explosions at Gallatin Plant, you'll learn ...

  • The circumstances surrounding three (3) deadly dust explosions at a plant in Gallatin, TN
  • The five (5) elements that make up the Dust Explosion Pentagon
  • Errors and shortcomings that led to the accumulation of large amounts of dust at the facility
  • Warning signs that were not heeded by employees or management in the plant

Overview

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Credit: 1 PDH

Length: 20 pages

The Hoeganaes Plant in Gallatin, TN is the world leader in the production of Atomized Steel and Iron Powders. Iron powder production involves handling two (2) potentially deadly materials – combustible dust and hydrogen gas. When properly handled, the risks associated with these materials can be mitigated. When the risks are ignored, however, the consequences can be devastating.

In three (3) separate incidents between January, 2011 and May, 2011, explosions and flash fires rocked the Gallatin plant – killing five (5) workers and injuring several others. In all three (3) incidents, iron powder particles either fueled the original fire or fueled secondary explosions that led to greater injury, death and property damage.

In this course, you’ll learn how design errors, complacency and lack of employee training led to the deaths of five (5) men. You’ll see how the hazards associated with combustible dust were ignored and how housecleaning and ventilation systems were inadequate. You’ll learn how the design of equipment and even structural members facilitated the accumulation of deadly combustible dust particles.

In short, you’ll learn what shortcomings were present in the plant’s design, training, safety precautions, and procedures so that you can apply these learnings to the execution of your projects.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • What caused flash fires and explosions in three separate incidents at the Gallatin plant in 2011
  • How did design factors contribute to the incidents?
  • What modifications to the design might have improved safety?
  • How did management and operational decisions contribute to the incidents?
  • What shortcomings were present in the plant’s training, safety precautions, and procedures?
  • Why personal protective equipment (PPE) offered no protection to the workers

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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